Former Brighton boss Gus Poyet has opened up on the “poo” which was found on the floor of Crystal Palace’s dressing room prior to the second-leg of the play-off semi-final between the two sides in 2013, insisting that its presence has had an adverse effect on his career ever since.
That year, with the Seagulls flying high and Palace making it into the top-six despite some late struggles under the guidance of Ian Holloway, fans were treated to a highly-anticipated play-off clash, with the first leg ending 0-0 and an injury to Eagles frontman Glenn Murray grabbing most of the headlines.
In the time that passed between the two games, most neutral observers completely wrote off the visitors’ chances, given the perceived quality that Brighton possessed but on the night, a dramatic second-half brace from academy graduate Wilfried Zaha sealed a 2-0 for Palace, sending them into the final where they would defeat Watford and make it to the Premier League, where they have resided ever since.
Whilst Brighton fans could have few complaints over the final score, stories soon emerged of a phantom turd that had been found on the Palace dressing room floor when they arrived at The Amex, sparking outrage from our players and coaching staff (as you can see in the video attached above). At the time, the incident rightly caused a great deal of embarrassment within the Brighton set-up and, according to Poyet at least, impacted upon their focus for the game that was about to take place.
With the game holding such massive importance in the minds of both sets of supporters, “Poogate” as it is now affectionately known, is nothing more than an amusing anecdote for Palace fans but for the former Brighton boss, it’s clearly still an extremely sore point.
Can we expect a repeat performance on Tuesday? Stranger things have happened.